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Looking for Richard -- Al Pacino has a documentary film crew follow him as he works on a production of Shakespeare's Richard III; conducting interviews with fellow actors and participating in dramatic scenes.


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Release Date:
11 October 1996 (USA) See more »
A four hundred year old work-in-progress.
Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III." Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cinematic meditation on Shakespeare play See more (68 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Penelope Allen ... Herself / Queen Elizabeth
Gordon MacDonald ... Himself / Dorset
Madison Arnold ... Himself / Rivers

Vincent Angell ... Himself / Grey

Harris Yulin ... Himself / King Edward

Alec Baldwin ... Himself / Duke of Clarence

Al Pacino ... Himself / Richard III
Timmy Prairie ... Young Edward V
Landon Prairie ... Prince Richard

Kevin Conway ... Himself / Hastings

Larry Bryggman ... Himself / Lord Stanley

Kevin Spacey ... Himself / Earl of Buckingham

Estelle Parsons ... Margaret

Winona Ryder ... Lady Anne
Phil Parolisi ... Halberd / Messenger

Bruce MacVittie ... 1st Murderer

Paul Guilfoyle ... 2nd Murderer

Richard Cox ... Catesby
Julie Moret ... Mistress Shore
Frederic Kimball ... Bishop of Ely

Daniel von Bargen ... Ratcliffe (as Dan von Bargen)

James Colby ... Lovel
Ira Lewis ... Tyrell

Aidan Quinn ... Richmond

Neal Jones ... Messenger
Luke Toma ... Messenger

André Sogliuzzo ... Messenger
Marlon Pollick ... Soldier

F. Murray Abraham ... Himself
Hayley Barr ... Herself

Gil Bellows ... Himself
Don Berry ... Himself
Nicholas Berry ... Himself
Robin Berry ... Himself

Kate Burton ... Herself

Dominic Chianese ... Himself
Johann Carlo ... Herself
Joyce Ebert ... Herself

Paul Gleason ... Himself
Esther Gregory ... Herself

Clare Holman ... Herself
Linda Iannella Scott ... Herself
Elaine Kory ... Herself

Damien Leake ... Himself

Viveca Lindfors ... Herself

Judith Malina ... Herself

Michael Maloney ... Himself
Jaime Sánchez ... Himself
David Saltzman ... Himself
Linda Selman ... Herself

Ed Setrakian ... Himself
Kyle Smyth ... Himself
Heathcote Williams ... Himself

Kenneth Branagh ... Himself (Interview)

Kevin Kline ... Himself (Interview)

James Earl Jones ... Himself (Interview)

Rosemary Harris ... Herself (Interview)
Emrys Jones ... Himself (Interview)

Peter Brook ... Himself (Interview)
Barbara Everett ... Herself (Interview)

Derek Jacobi ... Himself (Interview)

John Gielgud ... Himself (Interview)

Vanessa Redgrave ... Herself (Interview)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Bulleit ... Lord Ellis (uncredited)

Timothy 'TJ' James Driscoll ... Richmond Soldier (uncredited)
Michael Hadge ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Al Pacino 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play "The Tragedy of Richard the Third")

Al Pacino (narration) &
Frederic Kimball (narration)

Produced by
James Bulleit .... line producer
Michael Hadge .... producer
Al Pacino .... producer
William Teitler .... executive producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Robert Leacock 
Film Editing by
William A. Anderson 
Ned Bastille 
Pasquale Buba 
Andre Ross Betz  (as Andre Betz)
Casting by
Alison E. McBryde 
Art Direction by
Kevin Ritter 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
Aude Bronson-Howard 
Deborah Lynn Scott 
Makeup Department
John Caglione Jr. .... makeup department head
Lynn Campbell .... makeup artist
Sue Forrest Chambers .... makeup artist
Michael Laudati .... makeup artist
Craig Lyman .... makeup artist
Vera Mitchell .... hair stylist
Michael Moore .... hair stylist
James Post .... hair stylist
Alan E. Schubert .... hair stylist
Production Management
Zilla Clinton .... production manager
Dale Overton .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rick Lang .... first assistant director
Michael Newman .... second assistant director
Jon C. Scheide .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Felipe Borrero .... sound mixer
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Sean Huff .... assistant sound editor
Skip Lievsay .... sound effects supervisor
Marissa Littlefield .... adr editor
Howard London .... adr mixer
Bruce Pross .... foley artist
Fred Rosenberg .... supervising sound editor
Stuart Stanley .... foley artist
Philip Stockton .... sound editor
Steven Visscher .... foley artist
Nicholas Renbeck .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Carl Fullerton .... special effects
Christopher Gilman .... special effects (as Chris Gilman)
Paul Hained .... special effects
Visual Effects by
David Lingenfelser .... digital effects supervisor: Furious FX (digital restoration)
Sean O'Connor .... digital restoration supervisor: Furious FX
Tiffany Smith .... digital restoration producer: Furious FX
Amy W. Wong .... digital compositor (digital restoration)
Scott Dougherty .... visual effects executive producer: digital restoration, Furious FX (restored version) (uncredited)
Bob Wiatr .... digital effects compositor (uncredited)
Brian Burrows .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunt coordinator
Tom Elliott .... stunt double: Al Pacino
Gary Epper .... stunts
Gary Gery .... stunts
Clifford Happy .... stunts (as Cliff Happy)
Kim Kahana Jr. .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
David Walling .... stunts
Joe Bucaro III .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Bucher .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Armstrong .... Steadicam operator
Stephen C. Confer .... additional director of photography (as Steve Confer)
James J. Ferris .... electrician
Anthony Hardwick .... assistant camera
Nina Kellgren .... additional director of photography
Jon Kranhouse .... additional director of photography
Charles Libin .... gaffer
John Romeo .... assistant camera
Robert Ruiz .... first assistant camera
Robert Sands .... additional assistant camera
Lewis D. Wheeler .... additional camera operator
Paul Colangelo .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Miles Cook .... additional director of photography (uncredited)
Casting Department
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Tammy L. Smith .... extras casting: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rachelle Anthony .... costumer
Editorial Department
Kathy LaCommare .... assistant editor
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor
John Mollura .... assistant editor
Mark Nakamine .... colorist (digital color correction)
Jeremy Strong .... editorial intern
Lateefah Torrence .... apprentice editor
Lewis D. Wheeler .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Robert Cotnoir .... music coordinator
Tod Holcomb .... music editor
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Howard Shore .... conductor
John Kurlander .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bryce Guy Williams .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Greg D'Angelo .... production assistant
Tracy Dillon .... production assistant
John DiRe .... title designer
Val Ericson .... wrangler
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Tim Judge .... executive assistant: Al Pacino
Tim Judge .... production coordinator
Barbara Kelly .... wrangler
Ralph Kelly .... wrangler
John Merriman .... betacam operator
Patrick Mignano .... location manager
Paul Reagan .... wrangler
Scott Sener .... utility soldier
Jakob Trollbeck .... title designer
Rudy Ugland .... wrangler
Cathy Ward .... production coordinator
Jason John Cicalese .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Carl Goldstein .... special thanks
John Hay .... special thanks
Ted Levine .... the producers wish to thank
Rick Nicita .... the producers wish to thank
Neil Spisak .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some scenes of violence
112 min | USA:111 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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The film was shot on both 16 millimeter and Super 16 millimeter film as Al Pacino was experimenting with different looks of the film with Director of Photography Robert Leacock.See more »
Factual errors: In discussion, Pacino and co. are studying the "*G* of Edward's heirs the murderer shall be," and decide, since it's supposed to refer to Clarence, that they'll change it to "'C" of Edward's heir's." The problem is, the prophecy very deliberately refers to Richard, Duke of GLOUCESTER and Clarence, Duke of GEORGE. With "G" the prophecy is true. If you change it to "C" the prophecy becomes false, and can no longer refer to two people.See more »
Lady Anne:And thou unfit for any place but Hell.See more »


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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Cinematic meditation on Shakespeare play, 3 December 1999
Author: Alan One ( from Flagstaff, AZ

Looking for Richard frames the essential postmodern question in its own terms: Is this a film about Richard III, or is this a film about a film about Richard III? Cameras follow Al Pacino as he wanders New York, sometimes on foot, but more often in the back of a limousine. We're not sure what he's doing, except it has something to do with Shakespeare's play Richard III. There are rehearsals with familiar actors, and actual performances, some seemingly on stage, some on sets, some on location, all of it interspersed with discussion about the play. Is the play actually to be staged, or is it all a show for the film? We don't know, and really, it doesn't matter. For the most part, this is a pleasant meditation on its subject.

Pacino has chosen a treacherous path: on one side stands the dauntingly complex Shakespeare play, and on the other the patronizing attempts to simplify it for the modern audience. There were several times when I felt talked down to by the actors, but just as many where I felt I benefited from the expanded explanation. Also, with Pacino so vibrantly at the center of every scene and little attention given to others, the film unavoidably has the flavor of a vanity project.

What the film does convey effectively is the power of theater to transport people intellectually and emotionally. The contrast between Pacino's stuttering attempts to summarize certain plot points and his magnificent animation as Richard is fascinating. Like the story (possibly apocryphal) about how Picasso, when asked to explain the meaning of one of his paintings, replied that if he could do that, he wouldn't need to paint, even inarticulate actors possess remarkable powers when inhabiting their roles. This insight was the film's central revelation for me.

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